Patent Number: 6,841,861

Title: MEMS package

Abstract: A wafer-level packaging process for MEMS applications, and a MEMS package produced thereby, in which a SOI wafer is bonded to a MEMS wafer and the electrical feed-throughs are made through the SOI wafer. The method includes providing a first substrate having the functional element thereon connected to at least one metal lead, and providing a second SOI substrate having a recessed cavity in a silicon portion thereof with metal connectors formed in the recessed cavity. The non-recessed surfaces of the SOI substrate are bonded to the first substrate to form a hermetically sealed cavity. Within the cavity, the metal leads are bonded to respective metal connectors. Prior to bonding, the recessed cavity has a depth that is greater than the thickness of the functional element and less than the combined thickness of the metal leads and their respective metal connectors. After bonding, silicon from the SOI substrate is removed to expose the buried oxide portion of the SOI substrate. Metal pads are then formed through the SOI substrate to the metal connectors within the cavity. Wire bond pads are thereby connected to the functional element without opening the cavity to the environment. Electrical signals may then be fed through the SOI wafer to the metal connectors, metal leads and the functional element.

Inventors: Brady; Frederick T. (San Antonio, TX)

Assignee:

International Classification: B81B 7/00 (20060101); H01L 21/02 (20060101); H01L 21/50 (20060101); H01L 023/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/12013